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Cancer Therapies & Treatments

Expertise in medical, surgical and radiation oncology

Crozer-Keystone’s cancer professionals remain on the forefront of cancer care, exploring and implementing the latest technology to enhance each patient's treatment plan.

Our talented, experienced and compassionate team works closely with you to plan and move forward with your treatment.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology uses blood vessels as a pathway to diagnose and treat certain diseases - including cancer or abnormalities of arteries, veins, or organs.

Interventional radiologists work closely with referring physicians to perform procedures which may benefit the cancer treatment.

Additional cancer therapies and treatments follow.

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is the treatment of cancer using medication and treatment methods other than radiation. Working closely with other cancer specialists, medical oncologists provide primary cancer treatment, continuous follow-up, consultations and help to create plans for cancer management.

Medical oncology also includes access to clinical research trials, genetic screening, palliative care and pain management.

Treatment may include:

Chemoembolization

During chemoembolization, chemotherapeutic drugs are delivered directly to cancerous tissue.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy may be taken by mouth or it may be put into the body by injection. Either type of chemotherapy is called systemic treatment because the drugs enter the bloodstream, travel through the body, and can kill cancer cells throughout the body.

Cryoablation

Cryoablation involves the controlled freezing of a particular organ or area of a patient’s body to destroy cancer cells. Crozer surgeons use this procedure to treat a range of tumors.

Hormonal therapy

Hormonal therapy is a type of cancer treatment that involves the use of hormones to treat cancers of the female and male reproductive systems.

Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy involves the use of the body's own immune system to treat cancer. Immunotherapy is an attempt to get your own body to fight cancer by using materials made by your own body, or made in a laboratory, to boost, direct, or restore your natural defenses against disease.

Radiation Oncology

About half of all people who develop cancer receive radiation therapy at some time during their illness. This treatment involves the use of high-energy ionizing radiation in the form of X-rays, electron beams or a combination of each.

Radiation therapy may be used alone, or in combination with surgery and/or chemotherapy to treat different types of cancer. The exact type of radiation used is determined by the cancer’s location, type, stage and treatment parameters. Treatment recommendations are based on results of scientific research and extensive reviews of previous treatments.

Brachytherapy

During brachytherapy, sealed radioactive sources are temporarily or permanently implanted into the patient to deliver radiation directly to the tumor. Cancers treated with brachytherapy include those of the prostate, cervix, lung and breast. Brachytherapy is delievered at one of two dose rates, depending on the patient's diagnosis, stage and clinical considerations: high-dose (HDR) brachytherapy, which often allows treatment as an outpatient; and low-dose-rate brachytherapy, which requires a hospital admission. 

CyberKnife® radiosurgery

Crozer-Keystone Health System, in affiliation with Philadelphia CyberKnife®, is proud to offer CyberKnife® treatment to our patients.

The CyberKnife® is an FDA-approved robotic stereotactic radiosurgery system that targets and destroys small and previously inaccessible tumors or lesions anywhere in the body.

Located on West Chester Pike in Havertown, and operated by US Radiosurgery, CyberKnife is Delaware Valley’s first and most experienced facility with the CyberKnife system.

Learn more about CyberKnife radiosurgery

External beam therapy

External Beam Therapy takes greater advantage of the technological capabilities of our linear accelerators. Use of this advanced computerized technology enables our radiation therapists to deliver optimal doses of radiation to the tumor, while minimizing damage to healthy tissue. 

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

This technique specifies doses to the tumors and to selected normal structures. Our physicist develops a plan employing the 3-D treatment planning system and then optimizes the dose to the tumor and minimizes the dose to the normal structures.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation is a type of interventional radiology that uses mild electrical current on an inoperative tumor, effectively "cooking" the malignant growth and preventing its spread.

Surgical Oncology

A wide range of surgical specialties are represented at the Crozer-Keystone hospitals, including general, colorectal, gynecologic, head and neck, neurological, ophthalmologic, orthopedic, plastic, thoracic and urologic surgery.

Our board-certified surgeons share a commitment to provide the highest quality of care and are experienced in the latest and least invasive surgical techniques for treating cancer.

Gynecologic oncology

The gynecologic oncologists at Crozer-Keystone cancer centers are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of premalignant and malignant conditions of the female reproductive system, including the cervix, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and vagina, as well as gestational trophophobic disease, an unusual complication of pregnancy.

A gynecologic oncologist can perform surgery, administer chemotherapy or recommend radiation therapy—or combine therapies—without fragmenting care among many physicians. In most cases, women receive a referral to a gynecologic oncologist from their gynecologist or primary care physician.

Urologic oncology

Urologic oncology is a sub-specialty of urology that was established to deal with the special needs of people with cancer of the male and female urinary systems and the male reproductive system.

A urologic oncologist is particularly skilled in the surgical treatment of these cancers, as well as in the use of hormonal therapy for specific cancers, and chemotherapy instilled into the bladder. Our urologic oncologists emphasize multimodal therapy, including complex surgical procedures, and careful attention is given to quality-of-life issues.

da Vinci® minimally invasive surgery

Now available at the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Springfield Hospital, the da Vinci Surgical System incorporates the latest advances in robotics and computer technology to give surgeons exceptional control of instruments and clear three-dimensional views similar to those obtained in traditional open surgery. The system also improves the hospital experience for patients and shortens recovery time.

Learn more about da Vinci robotic surgery

Looking for compassionate cancer expertise?

The Crozer-Keystone Cancer Care team is ready to help. Call 1-866-695-HOPE (695-4673), or use our convenient online request form.